New Study Allows Scientists to Test Therapeutics for Rare Disease Affecting Young Children

For the first time, scientists will be able to test therapeutics for a group of rare neurodegenerative diseases that affect infants and young children thanks to a new research model created by scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are a group of neurodegenerative diseases caused by genetic mutations. They lead tens …

IPiB Thesis Defense Oct. 5: Nathaniel Kuch

If you’ve heard of bioethanol or biodiesel, you’ve heard about a biofuel. Adopting biofuels, which are fuels produced directly from plants or biowastes, can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And as IPiB graduate student Nathaniel Kuch explains, converting plants into biofuels begins with understanding how to break plants down into sugars. Kuch’s Ph.D. research in …

IPiB Graduate Aryel Clarke Earns Science Communication Award

Recent IPiB graduate Aryel Clarke has received a 2022 Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) Award for Communicating Ph.D. Research to the Public for including a chapter in her dissertation to describe her research to non-science audiences. Her thesis is titled, “LGD-1 regulation of ESCRT-III during multivesicular endosome biogenesis.” Clarke’s research focused on a group …

IPiB Thesis Defense August 18: Aryel Clarke

Aryel Clarke’s Ph.D. research focuses on a group of proteins that help maintain and remodel cellular membranes. Clarke, an IPiB graduate student in biomolecular chemistry professor Jon Audhya’s lab, says that part of what drew her to membrane remodeling was how little we know about this critical cellular function. “That we know so much about …

IPiB Graduate Josie Mitchell’s Thesis Earns Science Communication Award

Recent IPiB graduate Josie Mitchell has received a 2022 Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy (WISL) Award for Communicating Ph.D. Research to the Public for including a chapter in her dissertation to describe her research to non-science audiences.  The chapter, called “Studying proteins in fruit fly neurons,” appeared in her thesis titled, “Coordination of ion channel …